The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a masterwork of spirituality, psychology and philosophy, are attributed to Patanjali. Compiled a few hundred years before the Common Era, these teachings arose out of a most prolific and sophisticated civilization – ancient India.
As the gunas churn together, the manifest world of Prakriti evolves out of the primordial matrix. From the subtlest aspects of the mind – the intellect, the ego, and the lower mind – to the grossest aspects of human existence – the senses and their objects and the great elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether.
Where do these thoughts come from? Patanjali says that the field of the mind produces distractions, called the citta vikshepa, which in turn create obstacles, called antarayas.
Ask the question: Who is Ishvara and how will special devotion bring me to that high level of super consciousness?
The state of super consciousness that arises when the mind is brought under control by systematically moving inward and becomes quiet enough to experience the true Self.
There is an eloquent order to this philosophical work that is thrilling even when it is esoteric and mysterious.
According to the sutras, we gain correct knowledge three ways. The first is pratyaksha which literally translates as that which is visible to the eye.
As long as we are embodied beings, we will never not have thoughts. This is the … problem?
Right now. At this moment. The present moment. It isn’t just now – as in the teachings are starting right now – but it is now, as in the promise and the goal of Yoga.
The teachings are mystical, magical, practical and popular. There is so much wisdom embedded within the Vedas, the Upanishads, the six orthodox schools of thought which include Yoga.